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Chambers Added as Diving Technical Adviser for IMCA

An expanding work program has seen the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) appointed Kris Chambers to the secretariat team as a Diving Technical Adviser to work alongside fellow Adviser, Paul Evans and with Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “Kris has been actively involved in the commercial diving industry , working in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, Gulf of Mexico and Mexico itself, West Africa and the Middle East,” explained IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams. Kris Chambers’ working life began in 1985 the Royal Australian Air Force as a Maintenance Engineer (Airframe), he then moved to the Australian regular Army (RAEME) where he achieved the rank of Sergeant and was a helicopter flight engineer. On leaving the Army in 1998 he became a commercial diver gaining wide experience in various parts of the world. Prior to joining Global Industries where he had a number of diving management roles he worked for J Ray McDermott and several other IMCA member companies in the GoM and Mexico, and then Middle East/West Africa. www.imca-int.com


New Leadership Role for Titan's Shelby Harris

Shelby Harris: Photo credit Titan Salvage

Veteran Salvage Master Shelby Harris has been named Titan Salvage’s new director of marine operations in Asia. Shelby will bring more than 15 years of experience responding to large-scale domestic and international salvage and wreck removal projects. He will be based out of the company’s Singapore office and equipment depot, a 45,000-square-foot site west of the city, and report to Titan’s Director of Operations Patrick Keenan.


For Oil or Tuna, One Design Can Do It All

Commercial diver John Template likes to have boats built and he doesn’t much mind whether he operates them or sells them. This May he will take delivery of the second of a two-boat order from A&B Industries. The sister ships were built as 120- x 32-ft. with a molded depth of 12 ft. They are USCG inspected class “L” with ABS Loadline only under 100 gt. Designed for versatility in serving a variety of functions in support of the oil industry, the boats have 76- x 24-ft


CapRock Wins Tiburon Divers Contract

Tiburon Divers, a commercial diving company servicing the inland and offshore sectors, has signed an agreement with CapRock Communications to outfit its entire fleet with a communications package. Under the terms of the agreement, CapRock provides Tiburon's fleet of dive vessels with Voice over IP, Internet access and wireless access points supported by 24/7 customer service and network monitoring.


MNZ Opens New Office in Port Taranaki

Port Taranaki: Photo CCL 3

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) informs that for the first time in 5 years it has a permanent presence in New Plymouth on the opening of a new office at Port Taranaki staffed by full-time maritime officer Michael Vredenburg. Opening the office, MNZ Director Keith Manch said the move reflected the significant role of the port and region in New Zealand’s maritime sector.
 The previous office closed in July 2009, following the retirement of the sole staff member.


Sonardyne's IDS Teseted in Naval Exercises

Photo courtesy of Sonardyne

Diver detection sonar technology developed by Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, has played a part in a international exercise organized to train naval forces in mine countermeasures, maritime security operations and harbor protection operations. The International Mine Counter-Measures Exercise (IMCMEX) runs off the coast of Bahrain every 18 months to test the abilities of the navies of the world to keep sea lanes open and safe


Oil Exploration Causes Diver Shortage

Increasing exploration for offshore oil reserves is causing a shortage of divers in the aquaculture industry. Divers are being offered more than $300,000 a year for exploration work, compared $70,000 for work in the tuna and abalone sectors. Martin Phillips, from South Australian Underwater Training, says oil exploration has not been a traditional job market for divers. Source: ABC Online


Dryad Maritime Intelligence Appoints Commercial Director

David Hunkin

Dryad Maritime Intelligence has announced the appointment of David Hunkin OBE as their new Commercial Director who will be based at their Operations Center in Portsmouth.   In this new role, David will lead Dryad’s commercial business development with some exciting plans for international expansion in 2013.  Supported by Dryad’s Executive Board, his remit will be to ensure that Dryad clients remain fully informed and prepared for current and future security challenges


Three Companies Form Subsea Global Solutions

The Subsea Solutions Alliance between three underwater service companies – Miami Diver LLC, Parker Diving Service and Trident BV – formed one corporate entity, Subsea Global Solutions. The company performs complex underwater ship repair for major ship equipment Manufacturers, commercial marine, cruise and offshore oil and gas vessel operators. Rick Shilling, Chief Operating Officer, for Subsea Global Solutions said “We continue to expand our global presence


Hydrex Performs Underwater Propeller Blade Straightening

Photo: Hydrex

In April, a diver/technician team performed propeller blade straightening operations on two vessels at anchorage in Kalundborg, Denmark. First the bent blades of a 225–meter bulk carrier were restored. The team then straightened the damaged blades of 158-meter reefer in the same location. By taking advantage of the in-house developed cold straightening technique, damaged blades can be straightened underwater. This allows a ship to return to commercial operations without the need to


KVH Increases Mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity

Image courtesy of KVH Industries

                  KVH Industries, Inc. has completed several capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network to support heightened demand from customers engaged in a wide range of commercial maritime activities around the world


Divers Find 2,000 Priceless Gold Coins

Main photo – Dr. Bridget Buxton with the Pulse 8X detector, Bottom inset – diver holds recovered gold coins, Top inset – some of the 2,000 gold coins found off Israeli coast. (Photos courtesy of JW Fishers)

Scuba divers have found the largest cache of gold coins ever discovered in Israel working on wreck site in the ancient harbor of Caesarea on the country's Mediterranean coast, reports the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA). The treasure trove of 2


NAVSEA Conducts Flyaway Saturation Dive Training

U.S. Navys 40 saturation divers. Courtesy USN

For the U.S. Navy's 40 saturation divers, requalification on the Fly Away Saturation Diving System (SATFAD) here this week ensures the Navy retains its deep water recovery capability.   The Sailors train on the SATFAD system three to four times a year to retain their qualifications on the


Navy Develops Prototype for Diver Life Support

U.S. Navy photo by Anthony Powers

Scientists at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC PC) have developed a prototype for a new life support system for divers, the U.S. Navy announced.    According to the Navy, the goal of the new system is to accelerate the deployment of Navy divers


Divers to Inspect Hoegh Osaka Hull

A window of clear weather and reasonably calm waters in the Solent will enable two new pumps to be installed aboard car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka,which remains held in position at anchor on the Alpha Anchorage, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported


Divers Monitor HMS A7 Using Underwater Thickness Gauge

Cygnus DIVE underwater thickness gauge used to inspect the hull of HMS A7 submarine (photo courtesy of The SHIPS Project)

Underwater thickness gauge enables divers to monitor conditions of sunken submarine   A team of divers from the A7 Project have measured the metal thickness of the sunken HMS A7 submarine using a Cygnus DIVE underwater ultrasonic thickness gauge


US Navy Ships Exit AirAsia Search

Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth, guided missile destroyer USS Sampson and MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 operate together in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. (U.S. Navy photo Brett Cote)

USS Sampson (DDG 102) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) concluded their assistance efforts January 15 after contributing more than 650 search hours to the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501, The U.S. Navy reported.   Working in coordination with the Government of Indonesia


Salvors Adjusting Hoegh Osaka’s Ballast System

Car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka ran aground Saturday, January 3 after departing from Southampton for Bremerhaven, Germany. (Photo: MAIB)

Hoegh Osaka was held secure by tugs as winds in the Solent reached 60 knots last night, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   MCA said salvors are working to adjust the ballast system aboard the car carrier vessel and hope to begin pumping water from the car decks within


Update on Stricken Ship Hoegh Osaka

Hoegh Osaka

  The stricken ship Hoegh Osaka continues to be stable and the salvors ongoing ballasting operations have now reduced the list to 48 degrees. The divers yesterday successfully carried out a limited inspection of the Hoegh Osaka’s hull


Outland Technology Announces New Underwater HD Camera

The new UWC-625 underwater HD camera from Outland Technology (Photo courtesy of Outland Technology)

 Outland Technology announced the production of a new underwater HD camera today, model UWC-625, which provides live video and recording in HD 1080P resolution. The company said the camera can be used with fixed installations and ROVs, as well as used for handheld diver recording.


Israeli Navy installs advanced underwater AquaShield detection system

Image of the AquaShield radar at work. (Photo: DSIT)

 Israel has launched new AquaShield defense system, which locates threats posed to Israel by individual divers and small maritime crafts.  The latest defense system makes Israel “100 percent impervious to all such attacks”


Vessel Aground in Badcall Bay

A Norwegian-flagged fish carrier vessel, Viktoria Lady, ran aground on a rock in Badcall Bay about 20 miles northwest from Ullapool this morning, the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The 1,186-gross-tonnage, 53m-long vessel, which has seven people aboard


Bangladesh Ferry Capsizes after Collision, 33 Dead

At least 33 people died in Bangladesh on Sunday when a passenger ferry capsized after colliding with a trawler on the river Padma with more than 100 people aboard, police said. Rescuers managed to save at least 50 passengers and were still searching for more survivors


MSHIPCO Exploring Strategic Options

MSHIPCOs M80 Stiletto

MSHIPCO has engaged Global Capital Markets Inc. (GCMI), a middle market M&A investment bank with global reach to advise on corporate strategic options including sale, licensing or other transactions.   As creator of the M80 Stiletto


Jack W. Fisher Passes Away at 73

Jack W Fisher

Jack W Fisher, president of JW Fishers Mfg. passed away at home after a brief illness on February 20, 2015. He was 73 years old.   The JW Fishers business was started because Fisher, an avid diver, needed an underwater metal detector to use on a salvage project in the mid 1960s






 
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